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Can Palm Oil Be Sustainably Produced?07/31/15
Eliminating trans fats from processed foods will remove a cause of heart disease. But replacing trans fats with palm oil may lead to other destructive consequences, including human rights abuses and climate change.
The Dilemma over Detaining Undocumented Families
Are "immigration detention centers" a good means of deterring illegal immigration?or "gilded cages" for women and children? We hear what a judge's order could mean for people fleeing violence in Central America ? and for immigration reform.
The Rising Cost of Fighting Cancer
The annual cost of cancer drugs has soared to twice the average American income. Oncologists around the country are calling for new regulations to ease the financial burden on patients facing bankruptcy as well as life-threatening diseases.
Will Congress Move Ahead on Highway Funding?
With America's transportation system on the verge of collapse, the Highway Trust Fund is about run out of money. Even if Congress passes a short-term fix, what are the consequences of falling behind for competition in the global economy?
Obama in Africa
Barack Obama is the first sitting President to visit East Africa, where opportunities for US investment are threatened by both terrorism and counter-terrorism. We hear about his appearances in Kenya and Ethiopia.
Genome Editing for Animals, Plants and People
A new method for editing DNA is faster, easier and cheaper than ever. It promises breakthroughs in fighting disease and creating drought and fungus resistant crops but also raises the specter of mutant species, designer babies and other sci-fi...
Secret Recordings Ignite New Abortion Debate
Planned Parenthood is playing defense after two undercover videos appear to show executives discussing the price of fetal tissue leftover from abortions for medical research.The controversy is all about the ethics of medical research, but is the real...
Another Mass Shooting in a Divided Country
The FBI is conducting a massive investigation into last week's killing of four Marines and a sailor in Chattanooga, Tennessee. We hear what's known about the young, Muslim shooter and the potential impact of the incident in southern states that are...
Polls Show Trump Surging Ahead, but Are They Accurate?
There are now 16 GOP candidates for president, and the first televised debate will include the top ten in public opinion polls. Donald Trump is currently number one. Does that reflect the real views of Republicans or saturation news coverage and poor...
Is the UN's Iran Deal Resolution an End Run on Congress?
After today's unanimous support by the UN Security Council, Congress has 60 days to approve or reject the nuclear deal with Iran. Even some Democrats have reservations. We look at the prospects on Capitol Hill and the possible consequences of success...
The Political Consequences of El Chapo's Escape
They're celebrating in Sinaloa province, where Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán is a local hero. But in Mexico City and Washington DC, his prison escape is a nightmare involving government corruption and international traffic in heroin and cocaine.
Criminal Justice Reform and President Obama
In a campaign for justice reform, Barack Obama is plowing new ground for an American president: commuting dozens of sentences for non-violent crimes and visiting inmates in a federal prison. But he's not alone. Conservative Republican Senators agree a...
The Gig Economy and the Changing Nature of Employment
Uber is the most conspicuous company in the "sharing economy" that's turning jobs into gigs that don't have traditional worker protections. Presidential candidates are being challenged to thread their way between venture capitalists, business leaders...
A Washington Showdown with Global Significance
Negotiators for Iran, the US and five other powers were too tired to celebrate after 17 days of work in Vienna, which included missed deadlines that kept the world waiting.
Fight against Housing Discrimination Gets a New Lease on...
In 1968, the Fair Housing Act ended overt racial discrimination, but its promise of also ending segregation has not been fulfilled, and there is still unequal access to schools, parks and upward mobility. We hear what President Obama proposes to do...
Do You Really Own Your Own Face?
Privacy advocates are warning about the loss of public anonymity from face-recognition technology that?s ubiquitous thanks to Facebook and other software companies. We?ll hear about the risks? as well as the benefits.
Have Sex-Offender Registries Gone Too Far?
Some 800,000 registered sex offenders can't live near parks or schools ? or sometimes even in the homes of their own parents. Is it time to re-visit sex-offender registries that cast a wide net and often treat juvenile offenders as if they were adults?
What Would a Deal with the US Look like to Iranians?
Another missed deadline means more uncertainty for Iranians. Some hope for a nuclear deal that could liberate their economy and lead to domestic reforms. We hear what's at stake inside a politically divided country.
How the Long Shots Are Changing the Short Game for 2016
Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are just two of the presidential candidates few people expect to see in the White House after next year's election. But they're also just two of the long shots having an impact on this year's campaign. We hear how the...
Is a "Grexit" Inevitable?
Yesterday's resounding "no" vote could push Greece out of the Eurozone, but there are signs of conciliation and EU leaders have yet to make any decisions. Was America's largest trading partner prepared for the worst?
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